fight against mother nature. torrential rains submerged cars, flooded homes and streets and created sinkholes. here in arcadia, wisconsin, floodwaters reached as high as three feet. the national guard distributed 20,000 sandbags. and police officers went door to door thursday to urge more than half of the town's residents, about 1,500, to evacuate. >> i feel sorry for the people of arcadia. just the people that are losing things. i mean, basements are going to be flooded, and, you know, it's terrible. >> reporter: governors in minnesota and wisconsin both issued states of emergency. while most of the rain stopped overnight, flooding persists. >> water base and flooding is continuing to rise. so it's causing a lot of problems for us, so it's going to be a long day. >> reporter: the rain is approaching 10 inches in some parts of southern minnesota. >> i just want to cry. i'm just sick. everything in the backyard floated away. i don't know if our deck is gone yet. >> yeah, it is. >> is it?